Working on elections

Have you ever thought of getting involved at election time by either working at a polling station or at the count? Our Elections Team is always looking to recruit motivated and dynamic staff to fill any vacancies that occur, and would love to hear from you if you're interested in becoming involved.

Appointments are directly for the Returning Officer and not the council and as such the council's normal recruitment policies and procedures do not apply for these temporary posts.

We often have more applications than vacancies and we make it clear that if someone is not initially allocated for a post then they are added to our reserve list as we often have a number of initially allocated staff drop out for various reasons.

We then call our reserves as appropriate vacancies arise. We do use a number of our own staff in the first instance and supplement this with additional staff from outside who we hold on our database of temporary staff. We then consider the person's experience; availability; preferences; where they live or whether they have access to a car and are prepared to travel.

Whilst we will follow the principles of equality of opportunity and good employment practices, the Returning Officer's decision on individual appointments is final and we will not normally notify unsuccessful applicants or enter in to correspondence regarding unsuccessful applications.


You must be at least 18 years of age to work in a polling station as staff or to assist with the annual canvass, whereas you need only be 16 years of age to work as a counting assistant. You must also be entitled to work in the UK (in accordance with the provisions of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996).

If successful, prior to taking up your appointment, you must provide evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK by showing us either:

  • Your valid passport, or
  • Your birth certificate and proof of national insurance number (such as P60, P45, payslip, etc.)
  • Polling and count staff must not work on behalf of a candidate during an election campaign, nor be related to a prospective candidate
  • Polling and count staff must consent to working in excess of the normal working hours provided for by the working time directive

Have you got what it takes to join us?

A brief description of the jobs that may become available is as follows:

Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks

Polling station staff are appointed by the returning officer, and are responsible for the conduct of the ballot, making sure that the proper procedures for voting are followed. On the day of the election, polling station staff must be on duty from 6:30am until shortly after 10pm. All staff employed to work at a polling station must undertake training before taking up their appointment.

Presiding Officer - job description & person specification [22KB]

Poll Clerk - job description & person specification [17KB]

Counting assistants

Counting assistants are employed to verify and count the votes cast at polling stations, together with the postal votes received in the run-up to polling day. Verification usually takes place after the polls close (10pm on polling day), with the actual counting of votes either later that evening, or the following morning.

Count Assistant - job description & person specification [16KB]

Vacancies & how to apply

We are currently reviewing our existing database of employees for employment for the General Election 2019.  If any further roles become available, we will advertise here.